The founder Secretary General of Jaipur based Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, Pradeep S Mehta, has been nominated as a member of think-tank to finalize the framework for a national policy on e-commerce by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
The think-tank has been formulated to provide a credible forum for an inclusive and fact-based dialogue leading to informed policy making on e-commerce and digital economy.
It consists of 42 eminent members including industry bodies like FICCI, FISME, CII; Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer, WIPRO; Sunil Bharti Mittal,Chairman, Bharti Enterprises (Airtel) among others.
“A pro-active and consultative approach to policy making in the sector is necessary to ensure that the country is adequately prepared to take advantage of the opportunities, and meet the challenges, that would arise from the next wave of advancements in the digital economy,” CUTS International said in a release.
Issues deliberated by the group comprises of e-commerce and digital economy, physical and digital infrastructure, regulatory regime, taxation policy, data flows, server localization, foreign investment, technology flows, skill development and trade related aspects etc.
“We have significant expertise and experience on many of these issues considered by the think-tank and can add immense value to the discussion,” said Mehta.
One of the key outcomes of the first meeting of the think-tank was the decision to constitute a task force for preparing recommendations for India’s national policy on e-commerce.
The second meeting of the think-tank to finalize the proposed framework for the policy on national e-commerce under the Chairmanship of Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation is scheduled to be held on 30th July 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi.
CUTS International is a leading economic policy research, advocacy and networking, non-governmental group in India, with offices in Nairobi, Lusaka, Hanoi, Accra, Geneva and Washington DC.